Health Tip: Using Diabetes Equipment

-- Millions of Americans living with diabetes use a blood glucose meter to keep track of their blood sugar. Since these are medical devices, they are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA offers these suggestions when using a blood glucose meter:

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Health Tip: What Could Be Behind Achilles Tendinitis

-- Achilles tendinitis, an inflammation of the tendon that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone, often develops from repetitive stress to the tendon when you work your body too hard.

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons says specific causes of Achilles tendinitis include:

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Health Tip: How You May Benefit From a Standing Desk

-- Standing desks are the fastest-growing employee benefit in the United States, recent research from the Society for Human Resource Management finds.

A standing desk allows you to either stand up or sit while you work at your desk. It can be as simple and inexpensive as placing your computer monitor on top of a box or a stack of books, or it can be as elaborate and pricey as a customized platform that adjusts height with the push of a button, the American Cancer Society says.

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Health Tip: Quit Smoking

-- Smoking is associated with 1 in 5 deaths in the United States, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

The agency suggests these methods that may help you quit:

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Health Tip: Manage Political Stress

-- Political change may be a source of stress and anxiety, research from the American Psychological Association confirms.

About 2 in 3 Americans say concern about the future of their country is a cause of significant stress. Moreover, 57 percent of Americans say they are stressed by the political environment.

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Health Tip: Vaccines Are Important for Adults, Too

-- Children aren't the only ones who need protection against a host of dangerous germs, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

Vaccines that you receive as a child may wear off over time, the agency says. The list of vaccinations that you'll need as an adult will vary, based on your age, lifestyle, travel, health conditions and job.

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Health Tip: Vasectomy Has Some Risks

-- About 500,000 men have a vasectomy each year in the United States, preventing sperm from reaching the semen during ejaculation.

While the operation is safe and highly effective in preventing pregnancy, it has its risks, the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development says.

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Health Tip: Leafy Greens May Slow Cognitive Decline

-- Eating one serving of green leafy vegetables per day is associated with slower age-related cognitive decline, recent research suggests.

Reported in the journal Neurology -- the study involved 960 adults with an average age of 81 and no sign of dementia.

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Health Tip: Recognize an Anxiety Disorder

-- Anxiety is a normal response to stress, but if it becomes overwhelming and difficult to conduct your daily routine, it may be time to seek help.

Anxiety disorders affect nearly 1 in 5 people in the United States, the Office on Women's Health says. Women are twice as likely as men to develop the problem.

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